Change of Focus

Nov 16th, 2015 by admin

Jay was struggling in his walk with God. His devotions were nonexistent. His church attendance was sporadic and he struggled with numerous sinful habits. His relationships at home, work, and church all mirrored these facts. Jay was miserable and he knew something needed to change. He had tried working on the relationships that surrounded him, but all his efforts were short lived and ended in failure. In the end, nothing had changed. Have you ever felt like you have reached a dead end? Jay’s efforts were doomed to failure because his motive and focus were impure. His motive was relief from misery. His focus was self. What is your motive? Where is your focus? You may want God to change your circumstances, but God wants to change your heart. Romans 12:2 says, “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind….” Colossians 1:18 says, “…that in all things He might have the preeminence….” Friend, you need a motive and focus that is removed from self and centered on God! Are you working on relationships in your life right now? Are you trying to attract people (your spouse, children, friends, co-workers, church family) in a stronger way to you? There is no greater attraction than Jesus Christ in you and through you. The crucial need of the hour is your walk with God…everything else will follow. The changes you seek begin with a change of heart…increase your daily dosage of the Word of God and turn your eyes to Jesus.  Start this new journey with a step of victory this week and come to church this Sunday…I’ll be looking for you!

Living one step at a time,

Pastor Gary Holloway


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